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    The Flying Head (Kanontsistóntie's)


    With an ear-splitting shriek, an enormous human head comes swooping out of the night sky on owl-like wings, its fiery red eyes burning with hate.

    Flying Head CR 2
    XP 600
    CE Medium Undead
    Init +9; Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +7
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    AC 16, touch 16, flat-footed 10; (+0 Size, +5 Dex, +1 Dodge)
    HP 3d8+9 (22 hp)
    Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +5
    Vulnerable fire (+50% damage), Immune Undead traits
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    Speed 10 ft.; fly 50 ft. (good)
    Melee Bite +3 melee (2d8+1); Slam +3 melee (1d4+1 plus Grab); 2 Talons +3 melee (1d4+1)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    SQ Oversized bite
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    Str 13 (+1), Dex 20 (+5), Con —, Int 6 (-2), Wis 14 (+2), Cha 17 (+3)
    Base Atk +2; CMB 3; CMD 18
    Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative
    Skills +5 Fly, +7 Perception, Intimidate +3
    Languages Iroquoian (native-speaker), or Wyandot/Huron (native-speaker). Some flying heads pick up a smattering of English and French, mainly curses and blasphemies, which they seem to enjoy shrieking at the top of their (nonexistent?) lungs.
    Special Attacks Grab; Rend (2 talons, 1d4+1); Shriek (at-will, 30 ft. radius, 2d6 sonic and shaken, DC 14); Whirlwind (3/day, 1 round, 10–30 ft. high, 1d4+1, DC 12)
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    Special Abilities

    Shriek (Ex)
    As a standard action, a flying head can emit a blood-curdling, heart-stopping shriek which can be heard up to a mile away. Any creature with a sense of hearing within 30 feet of the head takes 2d6 sonic damage and becomes shaken, unless they make a DC 14 Fortitude save (in which case they take only 1d6 points of sonic damage, and do not become shaken). A subject cannot be affected by shriek of the same flying head more than once in 24 hours.

    Grab (Ex)
    A flying head’s scalp is covered with several feet of coarse, unkempt hair, which entangles anything which comes near the head. It gains the grab special ability when using its slam attack, and can attempt to grapple any creature of Medium size or smaller in this way.

    Oversized Bite (Ex)
    Though it is a Medium-sized creature, the Flying Head's mouth is approximately the same size as that of a Gargantuan humanoid, so its bite attack deals damage as if it were three size-categories larger.

    Whirlwind (Su)
    The flying head’s other name, Dagwanoenyent, literally means "whirlwind”. A flying head can transform itself into a whirlwind 3 times per day (see the whirlwind special ability).
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    Environment temperate forests
    Organization solitary, or flock (2-5)
    Treasure none
    Advancement 4-5 HD (Medium), 6-12 HD (Large)
    Level Adjustment: —

    Flying heads are undead man-eating monstrosities which haunt the dark forests and mountains of New England, Nouvelle France, and the lands of the Haudenosaunee (a.k.a. The Iroquois League/Confederacy). Although they are capable of eating anything organic, and are known to scavenge on occasion, they strongly prefer live prey (humans in particular).

    When standing on the ground, a flying head is taller than a grown man, with birdlike talons and either batlike or owl-like wings which emerge from a wild mane of unkempt hair. Flying heads can be male or female, and they exhibit just as much variety in their appearance as humans do: there are even as-yet unsubstantiated reports of flying heads with pale faces, fair hair, and bushy European-style beards. But whatever their particular facial features, they are universally hideous, and their angry expressions and glaring eyes do little to improve their appearances.

    The origins of flying heads are not well understood, and legends about their origins conflict with one another. Some say they are the result of horrific murders, and that they emerge from mass graves, or that some murder-victims heads simply sever themselves from their own necks and fly away into the night. In other legends, flying heads are human beings turned into monsters for heinous crimes such as cannibalism. And yet other simply suggest that flying heads are simply primordial monsters, which have existed since the dawn of time, independent of human crimes or evils.

    Scholars suspect that flying heads may be related (in whatever way the undead may be said to be “related” to one another) to the rolling heads of the Great Plains.

    A flying head weighs about 5,000 pounds, and stands about 8 feet tall.
    Last edited by SuperDave; 2014-07-29 at 10:45 AM.